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The Washington Naval Conference instituted a system of arms control in an international environment characterized by structural factors which ought to have rendered such a treaty extremely difficult. This was accomplished by successfully addressing the security concerns of all parties involved. However, the dynamic nature of Japanese security concerns, and the uniquely security-conscious nature of the Japanese government, combined with unwillingness on the part of the United States and Britain to alter the terms of the treaty, quickly led to the Washington Treaty system‘s obsolescence. The success and failure of this arms control regime contains potentially important lessons for modern policy-makers interested in creating arms-reduction treaties.


(Source: Justin Rohrer, 2010)
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